For Fast and Convenient Magnetic Sweeping
Why Use a Pickup Truck Magnet?
Magnets easily attach to a pickup truck.
Sometimes a pickup truck is the only vehicle available to use for magnetic sweeper. But pickup trucks are versatile and magnetic sweepers can easily be attached to them because they have a high load capacity for towing and front mounts.
If it is the only vehicle available and a serious debris problem exists, this can mean that you have to use a front mount magnet to protect the tires from flats. Pickup trucks are also great for towing larger magnets to clean large areas regularly to keep them free from debris.
Types of Pickup Truck Magnets
There are 3 types of magnets for pickup trucks differentiated by their mounting position:
Front Mount Pickup Truck Magnets
Front mounted magnets are mounted similar to a snow plow, they allow you to pick up debris before you drive over it, but they also tend to be more expensive.
Tow Behind Pickup Truck Magnets
Tow behind magnets come in a number of varieties to suit different uses.
Hanging Pickup Truck Magnets
Hanging magnets usually are hung from the front of the Pickup Truck like a Front Mount magnet to allow you to pick up debris before you drive over it.
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Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Pickup Truck Magnetic Sweeper
1. How much suspension does your pickup truck have?
Trucks obviously have suspension and they absorb bumps but when they do, the height of the truck from the ground changes, and therefore any hanging magnet can hit the ground. The rougher the ground, the more likely this could happen. So what’s going to prevent the magnet from hitting the ground if your truck suspension compresses 4 inches, or if it does what will protect the magnet? It’s something to consider when selecting a hanging magnet.
2. What is the danger posed by the debris problem?
If you have an extensive debris problem that will almost certainly cause a flat tire if you run over the debris, then a front mount magnetic sweeper or hanging front mount is a necessity and may be the only consideration in your choice of magnet. A front mounted magnetic sweeper will pick up debris like nails before you run over it, something that seems obviously and practically much better than running over the debris before picking it up.
3. How much do you want to spend on a pickup truck magnet?
Hanging magnets are the most cost effective because a hanging magnet is essentially just a big magnet bar without most of the other mechanism’s that accompany a tow behind magnet or Front Mount magnet.
4. How easy is it to mount and secure the magnet?
A Pickup Truck has to be used for other tasks. Therefore it’s important that the magnet can be mounted and dismounted from the Pickup Truck quickly and easily, or alternatively, the magnet can be locked into a position where it will not interfere with normal operation of the truck when not being used for sweeping. If not, then the tow behind solution may be best for you because it can be easily and quickly hitched up when needed.
5. How easy is the magnet to clean off?
A magnet may work really well at picking up debris, but how easy is it to clean off? Think through how you would clean the magnet off step by step. Make sure it makes sense to you and your situation. We try and do this for you so that clean off isn’t a difficult or time consuming task, but some manufacturers don’t. Pay attention to the details of how this will work from start to finish, right up to the point of getting the debris in the garbage or scrap bin.
6. How good is the magnet at hanging on to the debris that it picks up?
You are not going to be cleaning your magnet off constantly, so it’s important that when your magnet does pick up a nail or screw that the magnet secures the debris so that it won’t fall off if the magnet is suddenly shaken because of a bump or if the bottom of the magnet hits the ground and the debris is wiped backward on the magnet. The last thing you want is for the debris to fall off again. Make sure your magnet has some feature like our “Wrap Around Feature”, it not only makes sure debris doesn’t get wiped off the bottom of the magnet, it makes the debris holding capacity higher and you’ll find in practice that most of your debris ends up on the side of your magnet not the bottom of it. And that’s a good indication to you why we have this feature.
7. How far off the ground will the magnet be positioned?
It’s important to know how far off the ground you will position the magnet and also how far off the ground the magnet will still perform. For most of our magnets we give you the “Maximum Lifting Height” in the specs. This will tell you how far off the ground the magnet will perform. We want to make sure our products meet your expectations. Make sure you take a look at the magnet’s specifications for “Maximum in Lifting Height“. We bench test every one of our magnetic sweeper models to determine their maximum lifting height using a two and a half inch standard nail. Everyone knows what a two and half inch nail looks like which is why we use this standard measure of magnet strength and it will give you a very good idea of magnet performance. Many times we have videos of our products picking up various other materials so take a look at the videos in the video galleries. They give you a chance to “kick the tires” and see how the products perform. Many of these videos have been submitted by previous customers. See our Comparison Chart to compare lifting height.
8. What terrain and in what conditions will you be working in?
The rougher, dirtier terrain your Pickup Truck operates in the stronger the magnet your likely going to want, because the magnet will have to be set higher to avoid constantly hitting the ground. The magnet will also need to pick up debris through some dirt therefore you need a stronger magnet. The rougher the terrain that exists because of things like bumps and pot holes, more you will want or favor a magnet that has some protection built in to the design to either deal with the abuse of hitting the ground or being able to move out of the way when it does hit the ground in order to prevent damage.
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Pickup Truck Magnet Comparison Table
Wrasse 2" x 5"
Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||9 3/4"||10 1/2"||9"||12"||11"||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"|
|Sweeper Weight||511.4 lbs||884 lbs||210 lbs, 251 lbs, 292 lbs, 332 lbs||1056 lbs||P96 = 749 lbs|
P120 = 842 lbs
|24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs|
|Sweeper Widths||72"||82"||62", 74", 86", 98"||96"||P96 = 72" sweeping width|
P120 = 96" sweeping width
|26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||2" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||2" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||Continuously adjustable.||1.5" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||No Adjustment. 3" clearance with sweepers down, 7" clearance when traveling with sweepers up and not in use.||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 3".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 4".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 5".|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||13" x 6.5" flat proof, ball bearing tires||16.5" x 6.5" flat proof, hub and spindle wheels||5” Dynatread Thermoplastic Rubber wheels with polypropylene hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 300 lbs capacity each.||16.5" x 6.5" flat proof, hub and spindle wheels||20.5" x 8.5" - 5 bolt wheels||None||None||None|
|Clean Off Method||Spring Assisted Dual Debris Release Handles||Spring Assisted Dual Debris Release Handles||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Automatic, push button||Slingjaw clean off system. Magnetic housing rotates up side down, debris falls into debris holding trays.||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.|
|Terrain Surface||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces|
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